Discover the pure joy of crafting your very own café-style chai latte right in the coziness of your home.
Thanks to your coffee machine's milk frother, the art of creating this comforting delight becomes wonderfully easy!
Experience the inviting aroma and creamy goodness of a "proper" chai latte without stepping out outside. With each sip, you're not just enjoying any old drink, but embracing a comforting ritual that brings a touch of café luxury to your everyday life.
Let's dive in and uncover the secrets to your own delicious homemade chai latte, all with the convenience and magic of your coffee machine milk frother.
A Journey into Chai
What is chai? Chai is a spiced tea originating from India, brewed in creamy milk and often served with honey.
Chai has traversed continents and cultures, captivating hearts with its inviting aroma and incredible flavour, resulting in a world of diverse preparation techniques.
The blend of cardamom pods, ginger, star anise, fennel and coriander seeds, along with cinnamon sticks and cloves, paints the symphony of typical spices.
In recent years, chai's popularity has surged in Western cultures, sparking a myriad of variations in recipes and brewing methods.
Chai lattes have become a staple in cafes around the world, yet sadly, many of these café-style creations rely on artificial syrups or powders filled with additives.
This is where Collombatti Naturals chai shines – our tea is crafted solely from natural ingredients, free from any unwanted artificial additives, ensuring an authentic and satisfying chai experience in every cup.
Step 1: Brew Your Chai
- To a teapot, add 2 heaped teaspoons of your favourite Collombatti Naturals' loose leaf chai.
- Pour in a generous 1/3 cup of boiling water, enough to cover the tea leaves in a comforting soak.
- Allow the tea to steep, letting the flavours to develop for a minimum of 3 minutes, but for an even richer flavour, let it steep for an ideal 5 minutes. The longer the brew, the more enchanting the flavour.
Step 2. Perfectly Heating The Milk
Chai embraces all kinds of milk – from dairy to nut or plant-based varieties.
Here, we're using cow's milk, but the rule stands for every milk type: the colder, the better!
- Choose your milk and fill the milk frothing jug, ensuring it's only halfway full. This allows ample space for the milk to expand.
- Glide the steam wand gently into the milk, submerging it just beneath the surface.
- Position the wand's tip near the side of the jug, creating a whirlpool effect.
- Begin a up-and-down motion, guiding the jug around the wand. This incorporates air into the milk, starting with larger bubbles that shrink as the milk warms.
- With your hand at the jug's base, heat the milk until it's too hot to comfortably touch.
Oh, and here's a secret – when frothing, you want a spin, not a scream! 🌀 If it's giving you a scream, you've got a bit too much air, leading to uneven heating and an excessive froth overflow.
Your milk is now prepped to embrace the essence of chai in the upcoming assembly!
Step 3. Assemble Your Chai Latte Delight!
With your milk and chai waiting, the finale is in sight.
- Gently pour your hot milk into the teapot, using a spoon to keep the froth at bay.
- Seal the teapot with its lid and let it rest for at least 30 seconds. This allows the milk to combine with the chai in a flavourful union.
- Position a tea strainer over your cup and pour in your creamy chai concoction. Give it a stir and, for an extra treat, add a good dollop of raw honey (highly recommended!).
- Crown your masterpiece with a velvety milk froth flourish and a dash of cinnamon, if desired.
Which Chai to Choose?
When choosing just one flavour feels like a delightful dilemma, our Tea Sampler Gift Box comes to the rescue.
Inside, you'll discover a sample size of each unique tea variety, offering the perfect opportunity to savour them all and uncover your personal favourite!
So go ahead, gather your ingredients and equipment, and treat yourself to a delicious homemade chai latte today!
With a few easy steps, you can relish the taste and aroma of a café-style chai latte, right in the comfort of your own home!